Speaking of which, I have no idea how Martin plans to pay off the long disappearance of Benjen (if at all) but the show should really find a way to do so regardless. It's really annoying that this was an open plot thread that no one seems interested in following through on. If he's dead, fine, let's at least find that out.
I totally agree. The PTV Unsullied have a thread called 'Milk Carton Westeros: Have You Seen Me?' Benjen is always the top topic there, along with Knifey (what they call the distinctive dagger the assassin tried to use on Bran) and Gendry. Alliser Thorne was on the list, too, disappearing when he was sent to KL with that zombie hand, but then of course he suddenly reappeared way later back at the Wall with no explanation.
I've always been okay with Benjen simply disappearing without a trace in the books, because that does happen IRL, maddening as it is. But in the show, it looks like a gaping plot hole.
So obsessed with closure.I think Benjen and Gendry are done storywise. No need to have their fates resolved. The mystery about their fate is what makes their character(for Benjen that is) and Gendry, well he served a purpose and outlived his usefulness storywise.
Now Balon is different. But I think the show deemed them all unworthy for their story and just went with that all their resources are gone, all dead or wounded.
I am sorry my favourite character's plotting led to the deaths of your favourite characters.
I don't see GRRM or the show ever revealing what happened to Benjen. Maybe Bran gets a weirwood net vision of Benjen's fate but I think that is doubtful. I'd love some resolution on Benjen though, as I liked Benjen as a character. Gendry, though his part is small in the book, is at least traveling with the Brotherhood Without Banners in the books but is on the world's longest boat ride on the show. Blackfish is MIA in the books and show. As far we can surmise, he's either dead or captured in the Twins. Or escaped and hiding and we'll never know his fate in the show. I just think some of these are just dropped plots that they are not going to revisit. I will be happily surprised if they do.